Program or be programmed : ten commands for a digital age

by Rushkoff, Douglas.

Format: Print Book 2011
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Brentwood Library Nonfiction 303.4833 Rushkoff
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Call Number  303.4833 Rushkoff
A friendly little book with a big and actionable message helps readers come to recognize programming as the new literacy of the digital age.

The debate over whether the Net is good or bad for us fills the airwaves and the blogosphere. But for all the heat of claim and counter-claim, the argument is essentially beside the point: It's here; it's everywhere. The real question is, do we direct technology, or do we let ourselves be directed by it and those who have mastered it? "Choose the former," writes Rushkoff, "and you gain access to the control panel of civilization. Choose the latter, and it could be the last real choice you get to make."

In this spirited, accessible guide to poetics of new media, Rushkoff picks up where Marshall McLuhan left off to create a template through which to see beyond the social conventions and power structures that have vexed us for centuries. In ten chapters, composed of ten "commands" accompanied by original illustrations from comic artist Leland Purvis, Rushkoff provides cyber enthusiasts and technophobes alike with the guidelines to navigate this new universe.
Time: do not be always on
Place: live in person
Choice: you may always choose none of the above
Complexity: you are never completely right
Scale: one size does not fit all
Identity: be yourself
Social: do not sell your friends
Fact: tell the truth
Openness: share, don't steal
Purpose: program or be programmed.

Additional Information
Subjects Digital communications -- Social aspects.
Information technology -- Social aspects.
Digital media -- Social aspects.
Publisher Berkeley, CA :Soft Skull Press,2011
Contributors Purvis, Leland.
Language English
Description 155 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9781593764265 (alk. paper)
159376426X (alk. paper)
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